CHEX-DT
Channels
BrandingGlobal Peterborough (general)
CHEX News on Global Peterborough (newscasts)
Programming
AffiliationsGlobal (2018–present)
Ownership
Owner
CHEX-DT-2, CIII-DT, CKRU-FM, CKWF-FM
History
First air date
March 25, 1955 (68 years ago) (1955-03-25)
Former call signs
CHEX-TV (1955–2013)
Former channel number(s)
Analogue: 12 (VHF, 1955–2013)
CBC Television (1955–2015)
CTV (2015–2018)
Call sign meaning
The Peterborough Examiner (former owner, local newspaper)
Technical information
Licensing authority
CRTC
ERP20 kW
HAAT316.5 m (1,038 ft)
Transmitter coordinates44°19′42″N 78°17′58″W / 44.32833°N 78.29944°W / 44.32833; -78.29944
Translator(s)4 CHEX-TV-1 Bancroft
Links
WebsiteGlobal Peterborough

CHEX-DT (channel 12) is a television station in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, part of the Global Television Network. Owned and operated by network parent Corus Entertainment, the station maintains studios on Monaghan Road (near Rose Avenue) in the southern portion of Peterborough, and its transmitter is located on Television Hill, just outside the city.

History

The station signed on the air on March 26, 1955, as an independently-owned affiliate of CBC Television; its inaugural broadcast was a National Hockey League ice hockey game. CHEX was founded by a media partnership that already published The Peterborough Examiner newspaper and owned radio station CHEX (now CKRU). The partnership included politician Rupert Davies, who was also involved in a similar arrangement in Kingston that established CKWS-TV. The Davies family sold its media interests to Power Corporation of Canada in 1976. On April 13, 2000, the station was acquired by Canadian media conglomerate Corus Entertainment.

Previous logo used from 2013 to 2016. An earlier variant of the logo featured cyan and green bars instead of red.

On May 20, 2015, Corus and Bell Media announced an agreement whereby its three CBC stations would leave the public network (after 60 years in the case of CHEX) and "affiliate" with CTV. The affiliation switch took effect on August 31, 2015.[2][3] Most TV service providers serving the region already carry CBLT, and any that do not will have to add a CBC affiliate such as CBLT to their basic services in order to comply with Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) regulations.[4]

Former logo used from October 2016 to August 2018

Legally the affiliation with CTV was described as a "program supply agreement", and not as an "affiliation" (a term with specific legal implications under CRTC rules), as Corus maintained editorial control over the stations' programming and the ability to sell local advertising, and did not delegate responsibility for CTV programs aired by the station to Bell Media.[5] The switch was approved by the CRTC on August 27, 2015, dismissing objections by Rogers Media (who argued that the change was an "affiliation" and thus required CRTC consent to implement, and was not in the public interest because it created duplicate sources of CTV programming), and by a resident who complained that because he only received television over the air, he would lose his ability to receive CBC Television as a result of the disaffiliation.[6]

Following the expiration of CHEX's three-year deal with CTV, the station became a Global owned-and-operated station (O&O) and rebranded itself as Global Peterborough on August 27, 2018; the CHEX branding will be retained for the station's newscasts.[7]

News operation

Local newscasts, branded as CHEX News, air weekdays from 6-9 a.m., at 12:00 p.m., weeknights at 6:00, and 11:00 p.m., and weekends at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.

In September 2016, CHEX began to replace CTV News programming with Global News programs, moving its late-night newscast to 11 p.m. to replace the CTV National News (the vacant timeslot at 11:30 p.m. was replaced with ET Canada),[8] and adding an airing of Global National. On October 24, 2016, CHEX premiered a local morning newscast known as The Morning Show, which was patterned after the program of the same name aired by CIII-DT and the Global News Morning format used in other markets.[9][10]

Technical information

Subchannels

Subchannels of CHEX-DT[11]
Channel Res. Aspect Short name Programming
12.1 1080i 16:9 CHEXHD Main CHEX-DT programming / Global
30.1 CKWSHD Global Kingston (CKWS-DT)

Analogue-to-digital conversion

CHEX-TV began offering a high definition feed on Cogeco Cable in the Peterborough area in November 2010. The station switched its over-the-air signal from analogue to digital on May 9, 2013.[12]

The CRTC has not listed Peterborough as one of its mandatory markets for analogue television shutdown and digital conversion,[13] and as a result CHEX-TV was not required to convert to digital transmissions on the transition date of August 31, 2011.[14]

Transmitters

In 1965, CHEX-TV was authorized to add a rebroadcast transmitter at Bancroft, Ontario on channel 2 as CHEX-TV-1, but it moved to channel 4 in 1973 to make room for a new Global transmitter (CIII-TV-2). In the late 1960s to early 1970s,[when?] a new rebroadcast transmitter was added in Minden to operate on channel 10 as CHEX-TV-2, later changed to channel 7. The Minden rebroadcaster was deleted during the 1980s.[when?] In 1992, a new rebroadcast transmitter was added to serve Oshawa and areas on channel 22, as CHEX-TV-2.[15]

References

  1. ^ Ownership Chart 32D - CORUS - Radio & TV
  2. ^ Corus Entertainment (May 20, 2015). "Corus Entertainment's Eastern Ontario Television Channels Enter into a Program Supply Agreement with Bell Media to Broadcast CTV Programming". Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision 2015-403
  4. ^ "Broadcast Distribution Regulations (ss. 17(d) and 17(f))". Justice Laws Website. Department of Justice (Canada). February 28, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-403". CRTC. August 27, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  6. ^ "CBC drops local TV affiliates in Oshawa, Peterborough and Kingston". Toronto Star. August 28, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Kovach, Joelle (August 14, 2018). "CHEX-TV newscasts rebranding as CHEX News on Global Peterborough". The Peterborough Examiner. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  8. ^ "Your late news just got earlier! Join @JayeMakinson @MeaghanDRoy & @Mike_Judson for CHEX News at 11pm, beginning tonight on @chextv". Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  9. ^ Faguy, Steve. "Global expands network after CBC abandons affiliates". Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "'Global National,' 'The Morning Show' expanding into new areas". Global News. Retrieved September 6, 2016.
  11. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for CHEX
  12. ^ "CHEX-TV making switch to digital transmission from analog on May 9". Peterborough Examiner. April 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  13. ^ Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2010-167
  14. ^ "Canada's Office of Consumer Affairs - What You Need to Know About the Analog-to-Digital Television Transition in Canada". Archived from the original on September 16, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  15. ^ "Decision CRTC 92-258: Addition of a transmitter at Oshawa". Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. May 1, 1992.